Dorsolumbar junction spinal tuberculosis in an infant - Case report

Tufan K., Dogulu F., Kardes O., Oztanir N., Baykaner M.

JOURNAL OF NEUROSURGERY, vol.102, no.4, pp.431-435, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 102 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.3171/ped.2005.102.4.0431
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.431-435
  • Bezmialem Vakıf University Affiliated: No


The treatment of spinal tuberculosis is a challenging and controversial problem. The authors present the rare case of an 8-month-old infant with dorsolumbar junction tuberculosis. The child did not sit or stand and a hump was noted on his back. Radiological evaluations demonstrated destruction by a tuberculous abscess of the T-12 and L-1 vertebral bodies, extending into the psoas muscles and spinal canal. In addition to medical therapy, radical debridement and grafting were performed via an anterolateral approach. The follow-up period was 2 years. The difficulties in the management of spinal tuberculosis in infants are discussed.